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  • Art, War and the Modern World
    • For each of the following pieces of art, answer these interpretation questions:
    • Describe the painting. What words describe it? What images and symbols do you see?
    • What do you think the art says about war? The modern world? Why?
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    • Alliteration - repetition of an initial sound in two or more words of a phrase (e.g., Billy builds big houses with beige bricks.)
    • Assonance - partial rhyme created by a shared vowel sound (e.g., The napping cat had many bad habits.)
    • Metaphor - a figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as if it were another (e.g., )
    • Repetition - use of a word or phrase to create rhythm or add emphasis (e.g., Are you joking? Are you serious? Are you telling me the truth?)
    • Rhyme - correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds) (e.g., Sitting by the sea I thought about you and me.)
    • Simile - comparison of one thing with another, using as or like (e.g., She’ll probably win tomorrow’s race. She runs like a gazelle.)
    As you listen to Remedy’s “Never Again ,” and Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Holland, 1945find examples of the following poetic techniques: alliteration, assonance, metaphor, repetition, rhyme, and simile. You will be using these techniques when you write your own piece of art about the Holocaust.
    • Read the lyrics as you listen to the songs. What from the Holocaust do the songs remind you of?
    • What poetic methods (below) are used in the songs?
    Art, War, and the Modern World
  • NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, Holland, 1945 The only girl I've ever loved Was born with roses in her eyes But then they buried her alive One evening, 1945 With just her sister at her side And only weeks before the guns All came and rained on everyone Now she's a little boy in Spain Playing pianos filled with flames On empty rings around the sun All sing to say my dream has come But now we must pick up every piece Of the life we used to love Just to keep ourselves At least enough to carry on And now we ride the circus wheel With your dark brother wrapped in white Says it was good to be alive But now he rides a comet's flame And won't be coming back again The Earth looks better from a star That's right above from where you are He didn't mean to make you cry With sparks that ring and bullets fly On empty rings around your heart The world just screams and falls apart But now we must pick up every piece Of the life we used to love Just to keep ourselves At least enough to carry on And here's where your mother sleeps And here is the room where your brothers were born Indentions in the sheets Where their bodies once moved but don't move anymore And it's so sad to see the world agree That they'd rather see their faces fill with flies All when I'd want to keep white roses in their eyes
  • Follow-up Assignment
    • Make your own piece of artwork about the Holocaust. You may write a poem or song, drawing, collage, or a combination of different styles. Creativity is encouraged. Remember, your piece must reflect some aspect of the Holocaust and demonstrate your understanding of it. Use the techniques demonstrated in the songs and artwork in your assignment.
    • Helpful Hints:
    • Recall a “scene” of something you learned about the Holocaust or WWII. Use the scene or situation to base your lyrics or art off of.
    • What symbols/metaphors could be used to represent different aspects of the war?
      • Hitler? Auschwitz? The Ghetto? Schindler? Resistance?
    • Look over your vocabulary. Use the terms for rhyming or artistic interpretation.